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SELF-IDENTIFIED EVANGELICALS ETHNICITY:

70% White 14% African-American

12% Hispanic 4% Other ethnicity

Wi-Fi and Facebook are hits with churches

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oing to church is a bit like hanging out at Starbucks. The coffee’s hot, the people are friendly, and the Wi-Fi is almost always free. Seven in 10 Protestant churches (68 percent) provide Wi-Fi for both guests and staff, according to LifeWay Research. Most also have a website (84 percent) and a Facebook page (84 percent). Once wary of technology, Protestant churches now seem all in, says Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. It’s another way to connect with guests and worshipers alike. “Not long ago churches’ use of technology was often limited to a website that functioned like the Yellow Pages or a bulletin board,” says McConnell. “Now they see technology as a way to interact with people. Wi-Fi is just one more way to do that.”

CHURCH ATTENDANCE:

61%

say they attend services once a week or more.

POLITICS: Republicans or lean Republican 33% Democrats or lean Democratic 3% undecided or independent

EDUCATION: high school or less some college

43%

33%

12% bachelor’s degree 11% graduate degree

AGE:

31%

65 and older

22% 18 to 34

64% Source: LifeWayResearch.com

Churches still like to pass the plate

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espite the popularity of electronic bill paying, only about 30 percent of Protestant churches allow online giving through their website. That’s up from 14 percent in 2010, according to LifeWay Research. Still, Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, says he expected that figure to be higher, given that Americans pay more than half (56 percent) of their bills online, according to a 2017 report from ACI Online. Pentecostal pastors (59 percent) are most likely to say their church website offers online giving. Baptist (32 percent), Lutheran (33 percent), Methodist (38 percent), and Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (26 percent) are less likely. Bigger churches—those with 250 or more attenders—seem to love online giving, as 74 percent of them offer it on their websites. By contrast, 4 in 10 (39 percent) churches with 100 to 249 attenders offer online giving. And only a quarter (23 percent) of smaller churches—those with 100 attenders or fewer—offer online giving. “Technology is great, but smaller churches still like to pass the plate,” McConnell says.

Source: LifeWayResearch.com FACTSANDTRENDS.NET

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Facts & Trends -Spring 2018 - SOAR  

Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...

Facts & Trends -Spring 2018 - SOAR  

Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...